The city of Portland, OR, hopes to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities by equipping streetlights with sensors programmed to constantly detect speed and motion data.
AT&T, Intel, and GE's Current arm are contributing to the city's Traffic Sensor Safety Project, which AT&T's Michael Zeto says will integrate cameras, microphones, and environmental sensors.
This project dovetails with Portland's Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, equitable mobility for all.
The devices will not capture or record any video; Zeto notes they use onboard computer-vision software to recognize objects and pass along only that resulting analysis.
He also says the system will not disclose any "personally identifying information," and that cities can opt to store up to a week of video. However, the devices are not designed to transmit raw or streaming audio, video, or other data to central services.
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